A popular tapa dish, many versions of chorizo in red wine can be found on the web and elsewhere. Some recipes include garlic, others say adding brandy adds depth of flavor but, for me, the real trick is marinating the chorizo in red wine for several hours before completing the dish.
Marinating as in just letting the sausages sit in red wine? Well, it’s more than that but let’s start at the beginning.
What chorizo works best for this dish?
Chorizo is either dried and ready to eat or not. You want the not-dried kind for this recipe—the kind you’d pick from the frozen section of the grocery.
Chorizo is Spanish for sausage; will non-Spanish sausages work too? Sure, but the sausages have to be really flavorful. Spicy ones work very well. The kind packed with paprika works even better.
And what kind of red wine should be used? Dry? Sweet? Semi-sweet? That depends on the flavor of the sausages. Sweet wine with sweet sausages will make the dish too cloying. What you want is to find a balance between the flavors of the sausages and the wine. As a rough guide, use dry wine with sweet sausages; semi-sweet or sweet wine with spicy and salty sausages.
Okay, so, chorizo in red wine is a popular tapa dish. Can’t it served in any other way? Of course, it can! Serve the sausages over rice with fried egg on the side and you’ve got one hell of a full meal! Not a native rice eater? Try crusty bread instead. Oh, and you can ditch the skewers if you don’t intend to serve this as a tapa dish.
- 250 to 300 grams fresh chorizo (I used smoked semi-sweet Spanish chorizo)
- 1 and 1/2 cups red wine (I used dry)
- 1 sweet yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- chopped parsley to garnish
Using a small pointed knife, prick the chorizo skin in several places.
Place the chorizo in a small sauce pan. Pour in the wine. Bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes, turning the chorizos occasionally, until the meat is cooked through. Cover the pan and allow the chorizo to steep in the wine for three for four hours.
Peel and finely chop the onion.
Take the chorizo out of the red wine. Cut into rings about half an inch thick.
Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan. Saute the chopped onion until soft and translucent.
Add the sliced chorizo to the onion. Keep the slices in a single layer. Pour in the wine. Cook over medium heat, uncovered, turning the chorizo slices over halfway through the cooking, until the liquid has almost dried up.
Arrange the chorizo slices on a plate. Spoon the onion bits and any pan juices over them. Sprinkle with parsley. If serving as cocktail food or appetizer, you may optionally pierce each chorizo slice with a skewer.